Review: Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam

I was given a free copy of this book by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. That was back in August. I finally finished Seven Devils at literally the eleventh hour on New Year’s Eve 2020. That kind of sums up my main issue with the book. I just didn’t enjoy it. IContinue reading “Review: Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam”

Men behaving inappropriately

Originally posted on language: a feminist guide:
In Britain we are currently in the grip of an epidemic of something called ‘inappropriate behaviour’.  Stories about this worrying disease were all over this week’s newspapers. The Sun reported that Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green had been accused of ‘inappropriate behaviour towards a woman 30 years his…

On banter, bonding and Donald Trump

Originally posted on language: a feminist guide:
In my last post I argued that gossip–personal, judgmental talk about absent others–is not the peculiarly female vice our culture would have us believe. Both sexes gossip. But one common form of male gossip, namely sexualised talk about women, is made to look like something different, and more…

Review: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

In Other Lands is delightful. It’s a funny but heartwarming deconstruction of popular fantasy and Magic School stories and tropes, like Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. It’s also bursting with witty banter, social commentary and memorable characters. Characters like Elliot, our protagonist and viewpoint character, who’s whisked away from his indifferent father andContinue reading “Review: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan”

The Problem With Melanie

[Warning for Spoilers for Season One of Snowpiercer.] Snowpiercer is a great show. I loved the concept – the last remnants of humanity clinging to existence on a massive train during a deadly ice age – even if it is bonkers. The visuals are arresting and (to my untrained eye) the special effects are good.Continue reading “The Problem With Melanie”

Review: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

This was an interesting one. The Dreamers is a 2019 novel by Karen Thompson Walker about a sleepy Californian college town suddenly beset by a mysterious and contagious sleeping sickness. The book follows various largely unconnected survivors and victims as the disease and panic spreads, while occasionally waxing poetic about the subjective nature of reality,Continue reading “Review: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker”

Review: Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith

I’ve got to say, I love the myth of Iphis. It first appeared in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a compendium of myths about transformation. That’s also a fun read if you’re into Greco-Roman mythology, though some of the myths are grim. Iphis is one of the happy ones, though, a delightfully queer and upbeat story about aContinue reading “Review: Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith”

Review: The Trials of Koli by M. R. Carey

I received a free kindle copy of The Trials of Koli from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, so thank you NetGalley! The Trials of Koli is the second book in M. R. Carey’s Rampart trilogy, a post-apocalyptic dystopian survival story. In The Book of Koli we met the title character and were introducedContinue reading “Review: The Trials of Koli by M. R. Carey”

Review: Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

I really loved the concept (and title!) of Upright Women Wanted. It’s an LGBT Western set in a future post-apocalyptic and extremely oppressive and patriarchal version of America. Society seems to have regressed to a pioneer era level, complete with horses, shotguns and public hangings. Women are completely subservient to men and any kind ofContinue reading “Review: Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey”